Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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Andrea Stewart-Cousins
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New York Senate District 35
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, New York State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPace University
Master'sPace University
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Andrea Stewart-Cousins is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She is currently serving as Minority Leader.

Stewart-Cousins served on the Legislation Committee for the Worchester County Legislature as Majority Whip. She was also Vice-Chair of the Westchester County Democratic Party. She served in the Westchester County Legislature from 1996 to 2006.

Biography

Stewart-Cousins earned her B.S. from Pace University and her M.P.A. from Pace University in 2008. Her professional experience includes being an English Teacher for Lincoln High School, a journalist for Gannett, the Human Resources Manager for Careerblazers, and marketing professional for American Telephone & Telegraph. She was also Director of Community Affairs for the City of Yonkers from 1992 to 1996.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Stewart-Cousins served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Stewart-Cousins served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Stewart-Cousins served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Stewart-Cousins's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Women’s Issues: Equality Act & Paid Family Leave

  • Excerpt: "While New York has made strides in protecting women’s hard-won rights, Senator Stewart-Cousins knows there is more to do. Two important steps include passage of the entire ten point Women’s Equality Act and ensuring Paid Family Leave becomes law in New York State."

Jobs & Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Senator Stewart-Cousins knows the state must be engaged in finding new and innovative means of attracting new businesses and retaining jobs. She has been at the forefront of the State’s efforts to truly make New York Open for Business."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Senator Stewart-Cousins understands that Westchester taxpayers are over-burdened. That’s why she has a strong record of lowering taxes and keeping New York affordable. She voted to lower the middle class income tax rates to the lowest levels in 60 years. She also successfully fought to cut a tax on utility bills called the 18A utility assessment. This tax cut will save businesses and individuals $300 million over the next three years."

Ethics & Campaign Finance Reform

  • Excerpt: "Senator Stewart-Cousins is a strong voice for restoring the public trust in government by passing stricter ethics laws and revising the state’s broken campaign finance system."

Minimum Wage

  • Excerpt: "Senator Stewart-Cousins believes that New York’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour is just not sufficient. She also believes that the incremental increase to $9 an hour, set to take place by 2016, does not happen fast enough. She has been pushing for a better, more immediate increase of the minimum wage that is indexed to the rate of inflation."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Andrea Stewart-Cousins was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Robert Lopez Foti was unopposed in the Republican primary. Stewart-Cousins also ran on the Working Families Party, Independence Party of New York State and Women's Equality Party tickets. Foti also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Stewart-Cousins defeated Foti in the general election.[2][3][4]

New York State Senate District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Stewart-Cousins Incumbent 69.3% 43,862
     Republican Robert Lopez Foti 25% 15,811
     None Blank 5.7% 3,581
     None Scattering 0.1% 37
Total Votes 63,291

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Stewart-Cousins ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 35. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Stewart-Cousins was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

New York State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Stewart-Cousins Incumbent 100% 84,180
Total Votes 84,180

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Stewart-Cousins ran in the 2010 election for New York State Senate District 35. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She defeated Liam J. McLaughlin (R) in the November 2 general election.[8][9] She ran as a member of the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 35 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) 43,066
Liam J. McLaughlin (R) 34,285

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Andrea Stewart-Cousins won the election for New York State Senate, District 35 with 70,811 votes.[10][11]

Stewart-Cousins raised $565,556 for her campaign.[12]

New York State Senate, District 35 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) 70,811
John M. Murtagh (R) 43,940

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Andrea Stewart-Cousins is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Andrea Stewart-Cousins raised a total of $2,425,777 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[13]

Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 35 Won $277,329
2010 New York State Assembly, District 35 Won $478,726
2008 New York State Assembly, District 35 Won $565,556
2006 New York State Assembly, District 35 Won $655,890
2004 New York State Assembly, District 35 Defeated $448,276
Grand Total Raised $2,425,777

2012

Andrea Stewart-Cousins won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Andrea Stewart-Cousins raised a total of $277,329.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andrea Stewart-Cousins's campaign in 2012
Friends Of Mike Gianaris$10,300
New York State Correctional Officers$10,300
New York State Public Employees Federation$10,300
New York State Trial Lawyers$10,300
New York State United Teachers$10,300
Total Raised in 2012$277,329
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Stewart-Cousins's 2010 campaign.[14]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andrea Stewart-Cousins's campaign in 2010
Marie McKellar$9,500
Archie McKellar$9,500
Pepsi-Cola Bottling$9,500
Warren Adelson$9,500
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East$9,500
Total Raised in 2010 $478,726

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Andrea Stewart-Cousins' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
George Soros $9,500
New York State United Teachers $9,500
Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy CMTE $9,500
Emily's List $9,500
Archie McKellar $9,500

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[15]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
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Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Stewart-Cousins's endorsements included the following:[16]

  • EMILY’s List
  • AFSCME
  • CSEA
  • NYSUT
  • PEF
  • SEIU 32BJ

  • Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement
  • The Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Association
  • The Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • The Sierra Club
  • The New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Family Planning Advocates

Personal

Stewart-Cousins and her husband, Thomas, have three children.

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References

  1. Andrea Stewart-Cousins campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 7, 2014
  2. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  4. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  5. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Report on Andrea's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. followthemoney.org, "Stewart-Cousins, Andrea," accessed September 20, 2013
  14. Follow the Money, "Stewart-Cousins's 2010 Campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  16. Andrea Stewart-Cousins campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed October 7, 2014
Political offices
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New York State Senate District 35
2007–present
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